Wednesday, September 04, 2019

New study quantifies driver detention impacts

A new report from the American Transportation Research Institute says that driver detention frequency and length has increased significantly in recent years and is negatively impacting productivity, regulatory compliance and compensation.

ATRI recently released the results of its analysis on the safety and productivity impacts of truck driver detention at customer facilities. The analysis is based on more than 1,900 truck driver and motor carrier surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018.

Key findings of the study include:

  • Drivers report a 27.4 percent increase in delays of six or more hours.
  • Female drivers were 83.3 percent more likely than men to be delayed six or more hours.
  • There was a nearly 40 percent increase in drivers who reported that most of their pick-ups and deliveries were delayed over the past 12 months due to customer actions.
  • The average excessive detention fee per hour charged by fleets was $63.71, slightly less than the average per hour operating cost of $66.65 found in ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking.
  • The negative impact of detention on carrier revenue and driver compensation may be greater among smaller fleets (<50 power units) with 20 percent reporting that they do not charge for excessive detention in order to stay competitive with larger fleets.

“ATRI’s new detention research definitely helps us understand the full financial impact associated with detaining drivers,” said Edgar R. McGonigal, chief financial officer of Bestway Express, Inc. “From a safety and economic perspective, this research gives the trucking industry new insight into how both carriers and drivers should implement driver detention strategies.”

The report also documents recommended practices that drivers and carriers believe will improve efficiency and reduce detention at customer facilities.

A copy of the report is available here.